Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and home. Depression is a mood disorder that involves a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It is different from the mood fluctuations that people regularly experience as a part of life.
One hallmark of depression is an inability to experience pleasure, which is literally no fun. Losing interest in things you once enjoyed often means that your capacity to function at work and home dives. Depression is one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S., as 7.2% of Americans—17.7 million people—experience Major Depressive Disorder, each year. Without treatment, depression won’t fade away on its own. Even if you do white-knuckle it through your first episode of depression, your chance of another recurrence is more than 50 percent. If you’ve had two events, that chance shoots up to 80 percent.
I hope that through my exhibition, you can have a new understanding of depression. Let everyone understand the suffering of depression patients, and we need to give to depression patients' help. Remember that your loved one’s depression isn’t anyone’s fault. You can’t fix the person’s depression — but your support and understanding can help. The better you understand what causes depression, how it affects people, and how it can be treated, the better you'll be able to talk to and help the person care about.